5 Tips to Have a Happier Life with Your Dog

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to welcome some joy and happiness into my life. It’s been a tough year for many of us, and I think we all deserve a happier life. You’ve probably heard the saying that happiness is a choice, and I couldn’t agree more. Of course, being happy is easier said than done, especially if you’re going through a difficult time.

But here’s my question for you… do you want more happiness in your life?

Who doesn’t? We could all do with more joy and happiness, which is why I want to help you invite more happiness into your life and the life you share with your dog (or dogs).

Here are five easy things you can start doing today to help yourself be happier:

 

  1. When you love what you already have in your life, you will get more of what you love

The Law of Resonance determines patterns that are based on thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. Essentially, it means that you attract what you love and where you put most of your energy.

Everything around us is made up of energy. We get what we put out into the world. If you have positive thoughts, you’ll get positivity back. However, if your thoughts and emotions are swamped with fear, anxiety, and stress, you’re more likely to draw those things back to you like a magnet. To stop that from happening, you need to get in the habit of expressing gratitude. Expressing heartfelt gratitude for the things in your life that make you happy is a powerful way to change your life.

For me, I’m grateful for my dogs. They teach me so much, and they bring me real joy and happiness. Dogs don’t obsess over negative thoughts. They live in the moment. They enjoy playing with their toys, munching on delicious treats, and snuggling with you on the couch. Dogs live in the moment, and we can learn a lot from them about how to live a happy and carefree life.

The Lost Mode of Prayer,” by Gregg Braden, is a fantastic book that investigates the idea of welcoming positivity into our lives. He talks about how we can learn to anticipate good things in our lives and appreciate what we already have. Doing this raises our frequencies and helps us to attract things like love and happiness.

Positive thinking fosters more positive thinking, emotions, and actions. Thinking about what you are grateful for, such as sharing your life with your dog, is a great place to start when you’re trying to invite happiness into your life.

 

“Your mind cannot be occupied with worry, fears, anxiety, and endless what ifs if you are in the middle of being grateful”

 

  1. Get ready for all the stuff that you are anticipating

My second tip to have a happier life is to prepare for things that you are anticipating. You can get ready for these things by merely planning for them. Planning for things that you want to happen helps clarify what you want. That way, when it shows up, you’re ready for it.

You can get ready using baby steps. You don’t have to take giant leaps ahead right now, just take it slowly. There is no rush. Take time to plan for things that you want and be open to good things that might come your way.

Planning also helps you to become more attuned to yourself, your environment, and your dog. Each time you train together or play, it brings you closer. To help you get ready for the things you anticipate with your dog, it helps to ask yourself a few questions beforehand. For example, before you go for a walk, or take your dog to the grooming salon, ask yourself what skills you and your dog should rehearse to make the experience enjoyable?

Preparing for experiences with your dog in this way helps to prepare yourself mentally before the experience takes place. After the experience, you can reflect and ask yourself if it went better than before. Has you and your dog’s bond strengthened because of the experience? Did it go as well as you hoped? If not, it’s okay. There is time to adjust and improve so that things will be better next time.

 

When you love what you already have in your life, you will get more of what you love

 

  1. Get clear about what you really want

You might have an idea of what you want, but have you taken the time to really connect with what is important to you?

A great way to figure out what you want is to give yourself some quiet time. Listen to what is deep inside your heart and ignore the voice in your head for a moment. You might be surprised to discover what you really want deep down isn’t the same thing you thought you desired before.

If you’re having trouble, here’s what I suggest you do. Think about how you want to feel in a certain situation or relationship. Maybe you want to feel appreciated, secure, loved, and so on. Then, think about how you can evoke those feelings in this situation. Take baby steps first and slowly, you will start to feel those things in different situations.

If you want to feel calm and confident walking your dog, look for ways to feel that way. Perhaps you can go for a walk somewhere quiet and peaceful. Taking baby steps like this will help build your confidence while simultaneously building trust between you and your dog.

 

“Take some time to listen to what’s deep inside your heart, not your head”

 

  1. Break things down into manageable chunks

You know I’m a massive fan of baby steps, and there’s a reason for that. When you have something to do that seems impossible, it can be tempting to give up or procrastinate. You might try to tackle too much at once, which can make you feel discouraged, frustrated, or overwhelmed.

The best thing to do to reduce stress is to break things down into smaller chunks. Then, tackle each piece one at a time. That way, you continue to progress towards your end goal without taking on too much at once and giving up because the journey seems too long and hard.

You’re much more likely to achieve your goals when you approach them in baby steps. Breaking things down into manageable pieces helps to maintain motivation and momentum. All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and take it one step at a time. The best part is that you won’t be alone. You’ll have your trusted companion right next to you, taking it one paw at a time with you.

 

  1. Fill up your head and your heart with gratitude

When you are grateful, it leaves very little space in your mind to be consumed with worry, fears, and anxiety. Being appreciative of what you have is the best way to get what you want. As I mentioned above, fostering feelings of gratitude will help bring good things back to you. It’s the law of the universe, and since our conscious minds can only hold one thought at a time, you need to make it count.

I suggest starting and ending your day by thinking about the things you feel grateful for. Maybe your thankful that your dog has learned how to sit when you ask them. Or, perhaps you’re grateful that you have found true friendship and developed a fantastic partnership with your dog.

I hope these five tips help you to invite more happiness and joy into your life.

Do you want 2021 to be your best year ever? If so, I invite you to join my Creative Alchemy Passion Plan, an awesome plan to help you get clear about what your HEARTS DESIRE really is and create the life you want for you and your dog. Find out more about the Creative Alchemy Passion Plan here: www.dancinghearts.link/2021

 

If you’d like to work with me and learn how to create a partnership lifestyle for you and your dog, you can request an invitation to join us in the Brilliant Partners Academy when the doors open for the next enrolment!

You can listen to everything I talked about in this blog post over on my podcast – Enlightened By Dogs. It’s episode 134, which you can listen to here.

4 responses to “5 Tips to Have a Happier Life with Your Dog”

  1. Carole Couch Moormann says:

    My takeaway first and foremost is that I need to be grateful for all that I have. When I love what I have I will get more of what I love.

    When I have heart felt gratitude I need to anticipate what will happen when I keep attracting things that I love.
    What I cannot achieve at first I need to break down in to small baby steps and clarify what I need to do.

    I am very grateful for the Dancing Hearts Academy and how upbeat and positive Kathy Kawalec and her teachers are.

  2. Judi Holst says:

    1. I love the walks that my dog and I have now.
    2. I will anticipate having more great walks connected and in partnership with my dog.
    3. I want to feel and have a heart connection with my dog and in such a way they we can enjoy life together.

  3. Beate says:

    Hi!
    I hope this counts for the game with winning a scholarship..

    Yes, I’m grateful for my dog. Every day. As she is 11 and I don’t know how long I will have time with her
    (In the moment she is afraid of peng!s outside, around Christmas, and it needs a lot of patience from me and a lot of confidence from her, to bring her outside. So what – I understand her. And I think she’ll try again in 15 minutes..)

    The baby steps – that’s important. As I always set my goals to high and am frustrated then..

    What I learn from you is setting my dreams and goals from heart and not by head..

    And allow me to dream more..

    That positive attracts positive, is true, but hard to live, when you have bad times. Nethertheless – I learn to work against my own doubts and to talk positively to myself, to help me

    I hope, this answer counts for the game!
    So – where is part 2 and 4?

    Best wishes for Christmas and the next time
    Beate and kaja

  4. Jo west says:

    1 You get back what you put out. Trying to be positive instead of fearful. It’s impossible to be fearful while I’m practising gratitude.
    2 Being clear about what I really want. If I love what I do , I will do more of what I love.
    3 Baby steps are what get you to where you want to be.

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